Hyundai has long struggled to compete in the small crossover segment, and this continues as we near the end of 2016 with the Tucson ranking the fifth worst in sales so far. In hopes of stoking sales, the Korean automaker has updated the Tucson for the 2017 model year.
In terms of looks, the 2017 Tucson looks identical to the current model, but it gets a handful of upgrades that are sure to satisfy the needs of picky buyers. Inside, Hyundai has added an available 315-watt Infinity audio system with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology on Limited models. Also available on Limited models are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Other changes include some updates to the interior setup and materials. On Eco and Sport model, Hyundai has installed center-mounted rear air-conditioning vents. The automaker has also updated the door panel upholstery on the Sport trim. Finally, now all cloth interiors get YES Essentials stain-resistant fabric just in case the kiddos drop their chocolate milk on the seats.
Other than these few changes, the 2017 Tucson remains the same as the previous model year, save for pricing. Speaking of pricing, the 2017 Tucson remains unchanged at $22,700 for the SE trim and ranges to $29,775 for the Limited trim ($125 decrease). In the middle of the range, the Sport trim starts from $25,900—a decrease of $250—and the Eco trim’s starting price remains unchanged at $24,150.
The 2017 Tucson is on its way to dealer lots now.